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A Behind-the-Scenes 411 on How Hair Products Are Made, and Join Us for a Twitter Chat!

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Nick Chavez’s director of product development, Erin Doyle, tells us how she creates the brand’s blockbuster lineup.

It’s not every day that we get to chat with the great minds behind a product that we love. That’s why we were so excited to sit down with Erin Doyle, the director of product development at haircare line Nick Chavez. She gave us the insider deets on how the brand discovers innovative ingredients like their super-moisturizing star player yucca root, the time it takes for an idea to become a product in stores, and the new hair-saving extract that’s being added to their lineup.

What’s even better? You have a chance to ask Erin any of your own burning questions about hair and anything product related in a Twitter chat today from 4-5pm ET! Curious about the best products to use for oily roots and dry ends? What do those exotic ingredients really do for your hair? Tweet your questions by tagging #AskNick and don’t forget to follow @Birchbox and @NickChavezBH. And just by participating you’ll have one of 10 chances to win your own set of Nick Chavez’s Advanced Volume Shampoo and Conditioner!

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How to Keep Your Hair Color Glossy

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Editorial Intern Charisse keeps her blonde hue bright with a little help from this color protecting wonder.

While we don’t completely agree that Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (see: Mad Men’s Joan, Rachel Weisz, and the list goes on), we do think that Marilyn’s character in the movie had a point when she proclaimed that maintaining brightly colored locks produces eye-catching results.

This spring we’re getting smart about protecting our pricey highlights with a simple solution: shampoo designed for color-treated hair. Prep your strands for sunnier days (and keep them safe from dulling UV rays) by loading up your shower caddy with one of our most recent favorites: Nick Chavez® Beverly Hills’ Color-Saver Sulfate Free Shampoo

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Our Favorite 5-Minute Holiday Hair Tutorial

We’re well into holiday party season, and that means you need some new tricks for wowing your friends, family and coworkers—especially when you’re going straight from the office to the party. Our favorite style this season is an upside-down roll, also known as a Gibson roll. It takes less than five minutes but looks like it requires way more effort. Watch as we show you how to create this sophisticated updo. 

—Lorelei

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Study Finds That Bald Men Are Totally Hot!

Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.

Ayren and her guy, back in the day, before being bald was cool.

Pop Quiz: You’re single and you have three guys to pick from for a date. All of the fellas are physically equal (let’s just say that they’re all in Usain Bolt shape), and the only difference is their hair. Who do you choose?

A. The guy with a full head of thick, curly strands.
B. The looker with visibly thinning fringe.
C. The man with a completely shaved head.

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How To Create The Perfect Looped Pony

Left: Our version of the looped pony on Charlie. Right: Carolina Herrera spring 2012.

The ponytail gets a lot of flack from hair sophisticates—it’s been accused of being boring, too tomboyish, and a sign of not trying hard enough. But designers are breathing new life into this classic style, like Carolina Herrera who showed some pretty looped ponys during her spring 2012 show. We were so inspired, we decided to break down this style step by step (fair warning: it works best on long-haired ladies with no choppy layers). Click through for the tutorial!

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